Classy racer: The new BMW 8-series

BMW's new 8-series exudes grandeur, sophistication and intensity

The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.
The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.
The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.
The interiors stand out with touches such as the application of glass on the top of the gear lever, iDrive rotary control and Start button, and metal file surfaces for the iDrive knob and air-conditioner louvres.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It has taken me nearly 30 years to drive the BMW 8-series. I never got to sample the first-generation car when it was introduced in 1990. It was a low-volume car and hence BMW did not think it needed additional exposure.

The first car resembled a shark - and a well-fed one - and was set to become an icon from the moment it arrived. Powered initially by a normally aspirated V12 - then the purview of a select few - it had an exotic appeal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Classy racer'. Subscribe